PEER 1 Network Enterprises, Inc. (TSX: PIX), theglobal onlinebusiness hostingprovider has today launched a new dedicated hosting suite to help e-commerce customers cash-in on the Christmas rush. The bundle has been launched to help businesses overcome the impact of the postal strike and credit crunch, and has been tailor made to suit e-commerce businesses. The bundle can be scaled back after Christmas once normal trading levels resume.
"Most online businesses can manage site traffic and speed during normal trading periods, but few have the capacity to handle the ten-fold increase they can expect this December", said Dominic Monkhouse, UK MD, PEER 1.
"This will result in site crashes, slow check-out processes and disgruntled consumers who will gladly pay more for the same product on a faster site. E-commerce businesses can’t afford to drive consumers away this Christmas.One of the most important aspects of e-tail is speed, especially at check-out," said Dominic.
"A site that takes five minutes to load will be abandoned and not re-visited. A good way to test whether or not your site will stand up is to use a tool likeLoad Impact to test how much traffic your site can handle. You can simulate behaviour right down to the shopping cart, and anticipate situations like ten times the normal level of traffic. If the site crashes or is incredibly slow, you know you’re not ready for Christmas." To ensure online revenues are safe this Christmas, PEER 1 is offering e-commerce customers a 52% saving on a fully scalable hosting bundle priced at under GBP400 per month, including: – Fully managed dedicated firewall – 1 x Web Server and 1 x DB Server for PCI Compliance – SAN Managed Backup for both servers – Advanced monitoring enabling proactive management of server – SSL certificate for added security – Bi-weekly vulnerability scan and report on how improvements can be made – 1 hour hardware replacement guarantee – backed by money-back guarantee – Dedicated Technical Account Manager – Full access to MyPEER1.com customer portal "We know that consumers will base which sites they chose to visit on previous experience, so online retailers only get one chance to prove the worth of their site. With online shopping set to peak this Christmas, more web traffic than ever before means that e-tailers will thrive or fail based on their ability to maintain a fast and reliable site," said Dominic.
About PEER 1 PEER 1 believes in the limitless opportunity of the Internet, and the business growth potential it provides for its more than 10,000 customers. As a global online business hosting provider, PEER 1 offers a reliable high performance Internet network supporting scalableManaged Hosting,Dedicated Hosting through the ServerBeach brand, andColocation solutions. Backed by its 100 percent uptime guarantee and 24x7x365 FirstCall Support, PEER 1 ensures customers’ online presence is always fast, always available. Since 1999, PEER 1 has grown to include 16 state-of-the-art data centres and points-of-presence throughout North America and Europe. The company’s headquarters are in Vancouver, Canada, with European operations headquartered in Southampton, UK. PEER 1 shares are traded on the TSX under the symbol PIX.